Chiropractic Can Ease Jaw Pain Related to TMJ
As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Huntington patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Alan Wild will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
Dr. Alan Wild Can Help Patients Find Comfort From TMJ Pain
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Alan Wild today and make an appointment to come into our Huntington practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!
- Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
- Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
- Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015